US immigration ban impacts many students and academic travel from Ireland, warns IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on February 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has expressed grave concerns at the Executive order signed by new US President, Donald Trump, prohibiting citizens of seven countries from entering the USA. Mike Jennings said the ban has immediate implications for the entry of students and academic staff to the US, including people living in Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 1 February]

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Academic freedom demands academic balance

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Mike Jennings (January 26th), general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers, has come out strongly against University College Cork’s decision to indefinitely postpone – on safety and security grounds – the proposed March conference, ‘International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Responsibility and Exceptionalism’ …” (more)

[Kevin McCarthy, Irish Times, 27 January]

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Academic conference on Israel

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Irish Federation of University Teachers is deeply concerned at attempts to block the holding of an important conference entitled ‘International Law and the State of Israel: Legitimacy, Exceptionalism, Responsibility’, which is scheduled to take place in University College Cork from March 31st to April 2nd …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 26 January]

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IFUT rejects student loans and supports USI demand for adequate education funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Mike Jennings, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) said that IFUT fully backs the USI demonstration today (Oct 19th) against underfunding of third-level education and proposals to introduce student loans …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 19 October]

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Budget third-level allocation ‘a wet sponge to a man dying of thirst’

Posted in Governance and administration on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has described the allocation of an additional €36.5m funding to third-level education in today’s budget as ‘like offering a wet sponge to a man dying of thirst’ …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 11 October]

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IFUT Charter slams ‘casualisation of teaching’ by UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has launched a Charter for casual workers in UCC, saying that at least one-third of staff delivering teaching to students are now employed on a purely casual basis …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 5 October]

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Call for government commitment to increased university funding following second damning ratings report on our top colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on September 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton should publicly commit to increase funding for Irish universities in advance of next month’s Budget, Mike Jennings, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said, following the release of new ratings figures showing there is now no Irish university in the Top 200 internationally …” (more)

[IFUT, 21 September]

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Low rankings for Irish universities ‘a disaster and inevitable’

Posted in Governance and administration on September 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The standing of Irish universities in the world rankings has been described as a disaster and inevitable by Mike Jennings, general secretary of Irish Federation of University Teachers …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 6 September]

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Students rethink UK career plans

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Brexit is having an immediate impact on the career plans of some post-graduate students and academics in Ireland. Britain’s planned exit from the European Union has triggered a rethink among some who have a career or doctorate degree study offer for a British university …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 2 July]

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University teachers warn of strike action at colleges

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University teachers may have to close third-level colleges in the short term through strikes to ensure they survive in the longer terms, their trade union has stated. The general secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) Mike Jennings said funding in the sector had been decimated over recent years while resources, staff and students were stretched to an unprecedented extent …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 7 May]

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Third level teachers look for funding to be restored by new Minister for Education

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Third level teachers are calling on the new Minister for Education to restore funding to the sector. They say years of austerity has significantly reduced the quality of teaching they can provide for students …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 7 May]

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Education snubbed in FF-FG deal on government, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has said that the demotion of education to a single sentence reference in the ‘Confidence and Supply’ agreement on government between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael is a major snub to education, teachers and students …” (more)

[The text of the agreement is here]
[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 4 May]

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Scandalous neglect of third-level education in party manifestos must be corrected

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Mike Jennings, General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT), has called on the leaders of the four main political parties to immediately explain and correct the neglect of third-level education following an independent assessment of their Manifestos on national radio today …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 24 February]

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IFUT calls on Fine Gael and Labour to address crisis in third-level funding and places

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has called on the Fine Gael and Labour to announce proposals to address the mounting crisis in third-level education, ahead of the announcement of this year’s general election …” (more)

[Matthew Mulligan, Trinity News, 31 January]

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After Criticism Over Impact on Female Academics, Trinity Revises Tenure-Track Proposal

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity has made significant changes to its proposed introduction of a tenure-track system for entry-level academics, The University Times has learned, following widespread criticism of the impact it would have on the careers of female academics …” (more)

[Dominic McGrath, University Times, 26 January]

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Funding third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The Irish Federation of University Teachers wishes to draw attention to the escalating crisis in the third-level education system. The next government must immediately address the devastation of underfunding and understaffing that has resulted from years of budgetary cutbacks in the sector …” (more)

[Mike Jennings, Irish Times, 25 January]

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The next Government has to invest in future of third-level education

Posted in Governance and administration on January 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“As Fine Gael and Labour Party delegates prepare to meet for pre-election conferences later this month, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) wishes to draw their attention to the escalating crisis in third-level education …” (more)

[Mike Jennings, Irish Examiner, 20 JAnuary]

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Majority of union and lobby group bosses refuse to disclose salaries

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“… All of the main teaching organisations were happy to disclose either salaries or pay scales. TUI general secretary John MacGabhann earns between €127,796 and €146,191; INTO general secretary Sheila Nunan is paid between €119,381 and €136,276; while ASTI general secretary Pat King is on a salary of €134,000. Irish Federation of University Teachers general secretary Mike Jennings is on a salary of between €78,321 and €103,261. In stark contrast …” (more)

[Shane Phelan and others, Independent, 24 November]

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Lecturers cry foul over Trinity’s overseas recruitment plan

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The trade union representing university lecturers has criticised plans by Trinity College Dublin to fill 40 new academic posts through contracts outside of traditional public service recruitment arrangements …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 16 October]

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Budget has failed third-level education, says IFUT

Posted in Governance and administration on October 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The government has totally failed to address the funding and staffing crisis facing third level education and is threatening the sector’s very viability, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) say in response to announcement on education spending …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 October]

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